Tennessee Nonprofit Network

Starting a Nonprofit

So you want to start a nonprofit?

Starting a 501(c)(3) charitable organization is not an easy task. While Tennessee Nonprofit Network no longer provides support for startup organizations, we do have some tips below for your consideration.

Questions to Ask Before Starting a Nonprofit

Have I identified a specific need in the community that isn’t being addressed by another organization?
Am I the right person (or group of individuals) to be starting this?
Do I have what it takes to start and lead a nonprofit?
Do I know people and organizations who will support my nonprofit with money and time?
Is a 501(c)(3) the most appropriate structure for this work?

Download the Checklist

Once you’ve determined that starting a 501(c)(3) charitable organization is the right step for you and your community, download our checklist to guide you through the necessary steps to establish your nonprofit.

We recommend including a lawyer and a CPA in your process of starting your nonprofit.

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